McCarthy teen an all-round sportsman

JAYDEN GIMBERGH only just missed the medals at the CCC All Schools Carnival in Sydney last week but has been making waves across a couple of sports already this year.

The McCarthy student qualified for an amazing seven events at the NSW CCC Swimming Championships last month, also at the SOPAC in Homebush.

He took the gold in a very close 50m backstroke in a PB of 29.97 seconds, and qualified for the national event.

Last Monday at the All Schools event, the Year 10 student swam a fourth in the final of the 50m backstroke.

He missed out on the bronze by 0.13 seconds and a gold medal by not much more than that.

“We all pretty much touched at the same time,” Gimbergh said.

“It was so close none of us even knew.”

Gimbergh is getting used to the Olympic centre after also competing there in January for the NSW Swimming Championships.

For those titles, he qualified for eight events, including the 100m in every stroke.

More recently, the young superfish has been experimenting with much longer distances.

He recently came out of the water second overall at the Copeton Dam Freshwater 2k swim, as well as fourth in the Coffs Harbour ocean swim.

After getting a taste of the open water, Gimbergh wants to stay there.

“I like the bigger swims and am planning on doing more of them soon.”

The swimmer was also the swim leg in the McCarthy team at the NSW All Schools triathlon event, where it  came sixth in its category.

Not surprisingly, he also excels at water polo and has played in the NSW CCC side for the past two years.

At the moment, Gimbergh is excited about the water polo as he is about to embark on a tour of New Zealand for the Pan Pacific Games.

“It will be my first trip out of NSW,” Gimbergh said.

“I can’t wait.”

He will then also take a trip to Tasmania for the national championships in October to finish up a big winter season.

McCarthy swim star Jayden Gimbergh with his NSW All School gold. He is about to travel to the Pan Pacific Games in New Zealand to play water polo. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 090514GOE01

McCarthy swim star Jayden Gimbergh with his NSW All School gold. He is about to travel to the Pan Pacific Games in New Zealand to play water polo. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 090514GOE01

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